Samsung’s Galaxy S8 announcement wasn’t just solely for the new smartphone, they also announced a new Gear 360 camera, VR headset and a new WiFi router that includes their SmartThings hub for IoT devices.
The router is officially called the Connect Home Smart Wi-Fi System, and as mentioned above, it includes the needed specifications to run Samsung’s SmartThings IoT hub, as well as a full-fledged router, all in one device.
Samsung acquired SmartThings back in 2014, and up to right now, it made hubs that would let IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices be controlled and communicated through one central “hub” per household. The new router would have that hub built in, effectively eliminating the need for two separate devices. The SmartThings router can connect to IoT accessories via Bluetooth 4,1, WiFi, Zigbee or Z-Wave.
The SmartThings router can be purchased in packs of three, meaning that the device is also Mesh-Network capable. One router can be used as the base to broadcast the signal, while the other two can be placed all around the house to increase network bandwidth. Each router has a range of 1,500 square feet, which is similar to Google WiFi.
Moving onto specifications, the router has dual-band 802.11ac at AC1300, or 866Mbps speed, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage. There is a 710MHz quad-core processor on the router as well, which is a bit on the slower side. Thankfully, for those who want better performance, there is a Pro version that offers a faster 1.7GHz dual-core processor as well as quad-band 802.11ac at AC2600, or 1.7Gbps speed. The range is the same as the non-pro model.
Both also come with two RJ-45 Ethernet connectors on the back, as well as a power tap connector. There is no word yet on pricing or availability. However, with the addition of the SmartThings Hub, the router could run a bit higher than close competitors. Stay Tuned to TechDependent on any or all of our social media pages for the latest technology news, @TechDependent.